Friday, June 20, 2014

Wizard of Oz Coming Soon to Party City

Nothing much to report yet except keep your eyes peeled and watch here for further updates:


New Collection of Favors, Balloons, Décor and More to Feature Warner Bros. Characters Including Superman, Batman, Godzilla, and Scooby-Doo!

Burbank, CA – June 18, 2014 Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP), on behalf of DC Entertainment, is partnering with Party City Holdings, Inc., the largest wholesaler & retailer of party goods in the U.S. and Canada, to release a new collection of family-friendly party goods, favors, décor and balloons inspired by Warner Bros.’ iconic properties and the DC Comics pantheon of Super Heroes. The product, featuring an array of beloved characters such as Superman, Batman and Scooby-Doo, will be available in Party City stores across the U.S. and Canada this summer.

We are thrilled to team up with Party City, a renowned party supplier, to offer fans of all ages the chance to celebrate with their favorite characters,said Karen McTier, executive vice president of Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing at Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “Leveraging WBCP’s vast portfolio of entertainment properties, the new line is sure to make any party as memorable as the characters that inspire them.”

In celebration of this exciting new collection of products, Party City will host party zones spotlighting key properties, including a Batman party zone coming to Party City retailers across the U.S. and Canada in July and a Scooby-Doo party zone in August.

The complete list of properties that will be developed for balloons include DC Comics’ Batman and Superman, Looney Tunes, Scooby-Doo, Godzilla, Tom and Jerry, Harry Potter and The Wizard of Oz. Additionally, American Greetings, the world's largest publicly traded greeting card company, will be distributing party goods, favor and décor in mass and supermarket channels.

Amscan is delighted to offer Warner Bros.’ evergreen brands such as Batman and Scooby-Doo to the party industry,” said Jim Harrison, CEO, Amscan. “In addition, we look forward to partnering with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to capitalize on their extensive content, including feature film tent pole events, to drive additional revenue and share in the marketplace.” 

About Party City Holdings, Inc.
Party City Holdings Inc. designs, manufactures, contracts for manufacture and distributes party goods, including paper and plastic tableware, metallic balloons, accessories, novelties, gifts, stationery and Halloween costumes.  Party City’s decorated party supply products are available in over 40,000 retail outlets worldwide, as well as in its retail network of approximately 880 permanent party superstores and approximately 350 temporary Halloween locations.  The company also sells direct to customers through its e-commerce website, Party City Holdings Inc. is headquartered in Elmsford, NY.

About Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

About American Greetings Corporation
For more than 100 years, American Greetings Corporation (NYSE: AM) has been a creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships to create happiness, laughter and love. The Company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus, and other paper product offerings include DesignWare party goods and American Greetings and Plus Mark gift-wrap and boxed cards. American Greetings also has one of the largest collections of greetings on the Web, including greeting cards available at and electronic greeting cards available at In addition to its product lines, American Greetings also creates and licenses popular character brands through the American Greetings Properties group. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, American Greetings generates annual revenue of approximately $1.9 billion, and its products can be found in retail outlets worldwide.

Monday, June 16, 2014

Wizard of Oz FAQ Coming in July

July 15, 2014
$24.99 (US)
ISBN: 9781480350625
6" x  9"
Paperback 400 pages
Applause Theatre and Cinema Books, an imprint of Hal Leonard

Just in time for the 75th anniversary of The Wizard of Oz's Hollywood debut comes The Wizard of Oz FAQ (July 15, Applause Books, $24.99). This addition to the FAQ series is a fact-filled celebration of the beloved 1939 fantasy masterpiece starring Judy Garland. It's all here – from L. Frank Baum and his Oz novels to the complete background story of the movie's conception, development, and shoot, with special attention given to the little-known parade of uncredited directors, casting difficulties, and on-set accidents and gaffes, as well as more than 75 sidebars devoted to key cast members, directors, and other behind-the-scenes personnel.

In The Wizard of Oz FAQ, you'll find a wealth of fun facts: How MGM overworked Judy Garland before, during, and after Oz; why director Victor Fleming had his hands full with the Cowardly Lion and Dorothy's other friends; what it was about Toto that really bothered Judy; the physical horrors of filming in Technicolor; the racial Oz gag that was scripted but never shot; when the Wicked Witch was going to be beautiful; why The Wizard of Oz owes a lot to silent-screen star Mary Pickford; the story of deleted scenes, and a full two weeks of shooting that had to be scrapped; why MGM star Mickey Rooney was part of the movie's traveling publicity blitz; how the Wicked Witch was literally blown off her broomstick one day; the place where lions, tigers, and bears really do live together; singers you hear but never see; the day MGM fired Judy Garland; and much more. Just follow the yellow brick road! 

David J. Hogan has written about film since 1973. His first book was published in 1980 and has been followed by several others in the United States and abroad, including Three Stooges FAQ and Film Noir FAQ. He has contributed essays to numerous multiauthor books and is a prolific magazine reviewer. A onetime entertainment journalist formerly based in L.A., Hogan has worked on the editorial side of Chicago book publishing for more than twenty-five years. 

Copyright © 2014 Applause Books, All rights reserved.

Photo and info courtesy  Applause Theatre and Cinema books.

Applause has also published The Wizardry of Oz by Jay Scarfone and William Stillman

Friday, June 13, 2014

Wizard of Oz Uglydoll Press Release

Pretty Ugly, LLC. and Warner Bros. Consumer Products announced today that they have entered into a co-branded collaboration to create plush based on The Wizard of Oz™ and UGLYDOLL characters. Fan-favorite UGLYDOLL characters,Moxy™, Wage™, Jeero™, Babo™ and OX™ are all dressed upandready to follow along the Yellow Brick Road as iconic characters from The Wizard of Oz.

“Uglydoll is honored to collaborate with such an iconic brand during its 75th anniversary celebration.  The Wizard of Oz has been a family favorite of ours for years,” said Drew Matilsky, Pretty Ugly’s Managing Partner.

“Coming off our successful launch of UGLYDOLL x DC Comics Super Heroes figures and plush, we’re excited to expand our partnership to mix classic and cool with the all-new UGLYDOLL The Wizard of Oz collection,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president, Domestic Licensing and Worldwide Marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products.

GUND®, a division of Enesco®, will offer a diverse range of colorful and collectible co-branded plush based on The Wizard of Oz and UGLYDOLL characters, including Moxy™ as Dorothy, Wage™ as Tin Man, Babo™ as Cowardly Lion, Jeero™ as Scarecrow, and OX™ as Wicked Witch of the West. The series of plush dolls will be previewed at the 2014 Las Vegas Licensing Expo and launching at retail early fall.

UGLYDOLL & Pretty Ugly, LLC

David Horvath & Sun-Min Kim created the first UGLYDOLL hand-sewn plush toy in 2001. Since the inception of the first character, Wage™, who David drew on a love letter to Sun-Min, UGLYDOLL has grown into an entire universe of characters, stories, and products for all ages.

The UGLYDOLL brand was launched in 2002 by Pretty Ugly, LLC in New Jersey. The property is distinguished by David & Sun-Min’s unique aesthetic and voice defining ‘ugly’ as distinctive and unique. The award-winning UGLYDOLL characters appear in a variety of toys, books, apparel, and other licensed products that are available in thousands of stores, worldwide. For more information, please visit

Warner Bros. Consumer Products

Warner Bros. Consumer Products, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.

THE WIZARD OF OZ and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Turner Entertainment Co.

View previous blog entry to see the Uglydoll plush:

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Westland Giftware Fall 2014: Mugs, Clock, Lighted Art, Teapots, and Tote Bag

Four Friends Mug

Wizard of Oz Mug

Dorothy Wall Clock
12.5 inches

Dorothy & Toto Lighted Canvas Wall Art
15" by 15"

Wizard of Oz Lighted Canvas Wall Art
12" by 16"

Wicked Witch of the West Teapot
24 ounces

Ruby Slippers Teapot
35 ounces

Best Friends Forever Mesh Tote Bag
12.5"X 15"X 4.25"

Monday, June 09, 2014

Jim Shore Wizard of Oz 2014 Fall Intros

WOW!!!!  Fabulous set of releases from Jim Shore!!!!!!!!!!! 
Coming in November!!!!

Dorothy Clicking Heels
SRP: $50.00
Dorothy takes a moment to close her eyes, click her ruby red slippers and remind us all there is no place like home. Designed by Jim Shore.

Scarecrow With Diploma
SRP: $50.00
Inspired by the final sequence from THE WIZARD OF OZ, Jim Shore designs a brilliant SCARECROW, complete with diploma showcasing his newly found wisdom.

Tin Man With Heart Clock
SRP: $50.00
Inspired by the final sequence in THE WIZARD OF OZ, Jim Shore designs a newly spruced up TIN MAN, complete with his ticking heart which allows him to feel love and be loved.

Cowardly Lion With Medal Of Courage
SRP: $ 50.00
Inspired by the ending sequence of the THE WIZARD OF OZ, Jim Shore designs a not-so-cowardly Lion... and he has a medal of courage to prove it!

The Wicked Witch Of The West
SRP: $55.00
This dramatic WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST is the latest from THE WIZARD OF OZ by Jim Shore. Her majestic castle and swarm of flying monkeys can be seen on her stunning gown. You can almost hear her say, I'll get you my pretty!

Dorothy In The Poppyfield 100MM Globe
SRP: $50.00
Dorothy magically awakes in the field of poppies with a little help from Glinda's flurry of snow. Shake the water ball and relive this memorable moment from the classic THE WIZARD OF OZ.

The Wizard of Oz Scene
SRP: $100.00
DOROTHY, THE SCARECROW, TIN MAN, COWARDLY LION and little TOTO too are all here in one magnificent sculpt featuring the beloved characters of THE WIZARD OF OZ.

Friday, June 06, 2014

Uglydoll Wizard of Oz Plush

Coming in September!!!!!!!

Moxy as Dorothy

Ox as The Wicked Witch of the West

Babo as Cowardly Lion

Jeero as Scarecrow

Wage as Tin man

Uglydoll Wizard of Oz Clip Collection 

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

Wizard of Oz Personal Gifts Exclusively at Target

Target's just a released a variety of personalized phone cases, drinkware, mouse pads, photo panels and ornaments.  Prices range from $8.99 to $36.95

For all items available and more info please see this link: